If you have asphalt pavement on your property, resurfacing it will likely be a project that you will need to undertake at some point. For a homeowner that has a working understanding of the asphalt resurfacing process, it can be easier for them to effectively assess whether this is a project that their pavement will need and what they should expect from this process.
Resurfacing The Asphalt Is Different Than Sealcoating It
Sealcoating the asphalt pavement is a type of maintenance that is likely to be needed every few years in order to keep it protected. Without a sealcoat, the pavement will be far more susceptible to degrading in response to water and ultraviolet light. However, you should avoid assuming that the resurfacing process will be the same as sealcoating the asphalt. During a sealcoating project, a thin layer of the coating will be applied over the entire surface of the pavement. However, resurfacing the asphalt will involve the removal of the top layer.
Pavement Resurfacing Can Eliminate Years Of Exposure To The Elements
Due to the fact that the resurfacing process will completely replace the top layer of the asphalt pavement, this can allow this project to eliminate many years of wear and tear to the pavement. As a result, a person should expect their pavement to be restored to its original look at the end of this process. In addition to alleviating any cosmetic issues that the asphalt has developed, the resurfacing process can also eliminate the asphalt that has become brittle and otherwise structurally weak due to exposure to the elements. The end result of this can be an asphalt surface that has been fully revitalized so that it will be able to provide many more years of reliable performance.
The Asphalt That Is Removed During The Resurfacing Process May Be Eligible For Recycling
Depending on the size of the asphalt pavement that you are needing to resurface, there could be a considerable amount of debris that is created by this project. Fortunately, this waste will not have to be sent to the landfill to take up space and potentially harm the environment. Rather, asphalt is a highly recyclable material. This can allow you to dispose of the waste from your resurfacing project in a productive way as it can be reused for a future project. Additionally, you can choose to use recycled asphalt for the new layer that will be poured on the surface.
Contact a paving contractor for more information about asphalt resurfacing.